Khalin looks to find form at Classic golf
Mewat (Haryana): Almost 11 months ago, Khalin Joshi sunk that final-hole birdie to make his Asian Tour breakthrough, and the path was paved for more glory. The diamond studs still glisten in his ears, but the stars have not been shining for the Bangalore-based golfer lately. A cursory glance through his list of results this season may imply a difficult time on different terrains but it’s time for a restart. What better place than the Classic G&CC to charge up his positivity after those dreaded ‘two words’ for any golfer – ‘missed cuts’.
It was in 2016 he was tested on this Jack Nicklaus Signature course in a domestic tournament and he emerged top of the class. And he is hoping for a change of fortune this weekend at the $300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club Inter
national Championship, which begins today.
Changing caddies, shifting blame, a tide of negativity – Khalin dealt with it all as questions were raised about his performances. “I started doubting things… That was just a bad phase and I hope it’s over. You’ve got to deal with everything. Golf teaches you to be humble but this game also gives you chances. For me, this is another opportunity
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to get back on track, and enjoy the process. The results will come.”
The schedule is packed at the end of the season, and that can only be a good thing.
This course saw a record 32-under in 2009 by big Thai Chapchai Nirat when the Asian Tour last came to the foothills of the Aravallis. Khalin’s prediction this time round is a much toned-down 16-under. “The course has matured so much since I last played here. The fairways are narrower and the rough is a lot thicker. It’s not a long golf course but good driving is needed to keep yourself on the fairways. And of course, it all comes down to putting in the end.”
Viraj Madappa, another Bengaluru boy who made his breakthrough last year with the Take Solutions Masters, believes one should be wary of the thick rough around the greens but once you are on the fairways, you can be aggressive with your approach.